TORRANCE (CBSLA) – A patient was shot and critically wounded by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance late Tuesday night after he allegedly went on a violent rampage.
The suspect was shot by a deputy at around 11:15 p.m. inside the hospital, which is located at 1000 W. Carson St.READ MORE: Johnny Santos Moreno Pleads Guilty To Attacking Transgender Woman In Costa Mesa
The suspect, a man between 30 and 40-years-old, is in critical condition at the hospital undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds, a sheriff’s spokesperson said. The deputy was not injured.
The situation began when the suspect began acting erratically, taking a piece of medical equipment, trying to destroy a computer and then trying to smash a fourth-floor window, sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told CBSLA.READ MORE: Faith Leaders From Around Los Angeles React To The Guilty Verdict In The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
A deputy who was providing security for the hospital was assisting staff who were trying to get the situation under control. However, at one point, the suspect allegedly attacked the deputy, and she opened fire on him.
“I heard medical staff there trying to control him and also some patients screaming,” Alfred said. “She assisted the medical staff in moving some of the patients out of there. At that point the suspect, or patient in question, he turned his attention toward the deputy and went after the deputy and that is when the deputy-involved shooting occurred.”MORE NEWS: Duarte Senior Center To Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Site April 25 & 26
It’s unclear what the suspect was being treated for prior to the shooting. Neither the hospital or the sheriff’s department have the suspect’s name, Alfred disclosed.